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DESCRIPTION, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, WORKING PROPERTIES & USES: Indigenous to Africa, in the 16th century, it was heavily introduced to Mexico, as well as South America. Our stock is from Central & South America. The sapwood of the tamarind tree is pale-yellow. Heartwood is rather small, dark purplish-brown, very hard, heavy, strong, durable & insect-resistant. Bends well & takes a good polish & it is highly prized for furniture, paneling, wheels, axles, gears for mills, ploughs, planking for sides of boats, wells, mallets, knife & tool handles, rice pounders, mortars & pestles. It has at times been sold as "Madeira Mahogany". Wide boards are rare, despite the trunk dimensions of old trees, since they tend to become hollow-centered. It yields a charcoal for the manufacture of gun-powder. Young stems & also slender roots of the tamarind tree are fashioned into walking-sticks.
BOTANICAL NAME: Tamarindus Indica
JANKA HARDNESS: 3000